The Battle For Australia: rumours, rogues & relics

30 October 2023

Time 14 mins Read



Comments (4)
  • anthony Waters says:

    I agree with what you say about the Japanese wanting to invade Australia,Darwin was repeatedly attacked because the Yanks were refuelling ships there but I think attacks onm Sydney and Newcastle were nothing more than a morale destroying exercise.If you were an 18 year old in New Guinea and heard that your Mums Hills Hoist had been blown up in a Japanese shelling, chances are you wouldn’t want to fight anywhere except in your backyard.
    As the the “crackpot “at Acacia Ridge,I swam in that old quarry when i was a kid and we were constantly pulling up old bayonets that had been cut in two simply by diving for them.The police didn’t shut him down, he had all the right permits and he dragged more stuff out of there than was announced, there are photos on the net of machine guns,pistols,aircraft parts etc he got .I took a special interest in what he was up to as we had spent so much time there.
    My father was stationed at Archerfield with the RAAF after the War until he was discharged and he agrees that the quarry was used to dump all sorts of crap and a friend of his told me that the bombers used at Maralinga were flown to Archerfield after the tests and were taxied to the paddock near the quarry and were washed down with water from the quarry which then ran back into it

  • George Dudek says:

    Rod Eime has got things wrong like some of the old fellows. As regards the Archerfield quarry salvage project guns etc were recovered but there was a lot more to be had and work had started to gain access to a storeage tunnel but we got word that the govt was going to close the site down and this did occur and legislation was gazetted and back dated and police raided recovered material. Full permission had been given by the landowner Brisbane city council for the project. We were told that if you so much as found a bayonet or helmet in your back yard you had to seek govt permission to recover it and as far as aircraft in the bush went they would rather let it rot and have trees grow through the wings then have someone remove it to a place of safety for restoration.

  • Roderick EIME says:

    Thanks George, always delighted to receive updates from those close to the action. I admit my mention of Archerfield is cursory – even flippant – but I don’t see anything ‘wrong’ exactly. If I am directly calling you the ‘crackpot’, then I am happy to apologise and I am genuinely sorry you weren’t able to recover more valuable material.

  • Roderick EIME says:

    Thank you for your updates Anthony, a lot has happened in the more than 10 years since I wrote that article. I was able to lift this passage directly from Brisbane Council heritage website []: “In 1992, permission was given by the Brisbane City Council for a drainage and salvage operation at the waterhole by a group of military historians. An earlier request from a different party to salvage dumped equipment from the quarry in 1977 was refused by Council. Military equipment recovered in 1992 included ammunition, engine and other parts from various wartime planes including Wirraways, Mosquitos and Dakotas, dozens of Thompson and Browning machine guns used by aircraft and the remains of two Gypsy Moths which collided over Archerfield on 18 June 1937. In November 1992, the salvage operation was closed down by the Brisbane City Council due to concerns regarding safety and other issues. According to one newspaper report, more than 45 million litres of water was pumped from the waterhole during the salvage operation. Since this time, the quarry has refilled with water and has been securely fenced to prevent public access.”